(This dance was originally called “Shake Down, Rattle And Roll” but no one ever called it that, not even the choreographer!)
Description: 4-Wall Line Dance, 32 Counts, Upper Beginner Level
Music: Signature Song: "THE SHAKE" by Neil McCoy (150 bpm) on his CD, "Greatest Hits"
Alternate: "Shake, Rattle & Rolling In The Country” by Larry Stewart (154 bpm) CD, "Why Can't You"
Slow/Teaching: "Hot, Hot, Hot” by Buster Poindexter (130 bpm)
DIAGONAL LEFT: SHAKE FORWARD, SHAKE BACK, STEP, SLIDE, STEP, STOMP/CLAP
1-2 Step LEFT along forward/left diagonal and take 2 counts to drop left shoulder forward.
THE SHAKE option: On counts 1&2 do a slow shimmy L-R-L leaning forward.
3-4 Take 2 counts to return to vertical (shoulder back). Rock back onto R.
THE SHAKE option: On counts 3&4 do a slow shimmy R-L-R returning to vertical.
5 Step L along forward/left diagonal
6 Slide R forward and step beside L
7 Step L forward continuing along forward/left diagonal
8 Stomp R beside L (no weight) and Clap
Styling Note: Never dangle
your arms lifelessly; dance with a bend in your elbows. This is
mentioned here, in particular,
because if your arms hang limply, the shoulder shakes will look and feel terrible. See arm options below.
DIAGONAL RIGHT: SHAKE FORWARD, SHAKE BACK, STEP, SLIDE, STEP, STOMP/CLAP
9-10 Step R along forward/right diagonal and take 2 counts to drop right shoulder forward
11-12 Take 2 counts to return to vertical (shoulder back). Rock back onto L.
For THE SHAKE option, see above, but use opposite shoulders.
13 Step R along forward/right diagonal
14 Slide L forward and step beside R
15 Step R forward continuing along forward/right diagonal
16 Stomp L beside R (no weight) and Clap
3 ZIG-ZAGS BACK (BACK LEFT, STOMP/CLAP, BACK RIGHT, STOMP/CLAP,
BACK LEFT with 1/4 TURN, STOMP/CLAP); TOUCH FAR RIGHT, TOUCH TOGETHER
17 Step L diagonally back to left
18 Stomp R beside L with a light rebound and Clap
19 Step R diagonally back to right
20 Stomp L beside R with a light rebound and Clap
21 Step L diagonally back to left turning 1/4 left (face 9:00)
22 Stomp R beside L with a light rebound and Clap
23 Touch R toe slightly further than normal to right side
24 Touch R toe beside L
HEEL PUMPS (RIGHT TWICE, LEFT TWICE), BACK, TOGETHER, SHUFFLE FWD
25 Bounce R heel
26 Lower R heel
27 Bounce L heel
28 Lower L heel
29 Step R back
30 Step L back beside R
31&32 Shuffle forward on R-L-R
End of pattern. Begin again...
Options: THE SWIM: As in Neil McCoy's video of "The Shake", at counts 1-2, bring the left hand forward
with a swimmer's crawl stroke. At counts 3-4 do the same with the right hand. At counts 9-10,
swim with right hand first, then with left at counts 11-12.
THE ROLL: At counts 5-6-7 do a 360o counterclockwise rolling turn (along left diagonal) and
at counts 13-14-15, do a 360o clockwise rolling turn (along right diagonal).
© Bill Bader. This step description was written by the choreographer. Photocopying is permitted for
classes and competitions. All of Bill’s dances and videos are found at www.billbader.com